BlackRock exec’s warning: ‘Game over’ for fund manager pay rises

Fund management professionals have been warned that soaring pay and bonuses prompted by an escalating war for talent could soon come to an abrupt end. “The war for talent is real, but some of the pricing that people have been banding around for talent is about to change in a meaningful way,” said Edwin Conway, … Read more

SocGen accuses Clifford Chance of negligence in £ 384m gold bullion dispute

Societe Generale has accused Clifford Chance of negligence over its work for the bank in a dispute over £ 384m-worth of gold bullion. SocGen engaged the Magic Circle law firm in 2008 to pursue Turkish jewelery maker Goldas. The bank claimed Goldas had failed to pay for 15,725 metric tonnes of gold bullion. The bank … Read more

Special forces training, dogs and six-figure salaries – how law firms are trying to keep staff happy

Resilience training from former soldiers, dogs in the office and £ 160,000 salaries for juniors are just some of the ways London law firms are trying to keep their staff happy during a challenging period for morale. Salaries have spiraled in the sector since 2020, with pay topping £ 160,000 for newly qualified lawyers at … Read more

HSBC Europe boss Lisa McGeough on the bank’s new ‘Dragons’ Den’ and why the poaching risk is waning

When Lisa McGeough joined HSBC in July last year to lead its European investment bank, she faced a task of continuing to turn the business around as she took the reins from bank veteran Philippe Henry, who retired after 32 years at the UK lender. Europe had felt the brunt of a number of cuts … Read more

Too many crypto transactions are fraudulent, Starling CEO Anne Boden warns

The City should be wary of cryptocurrencies, the chief executive of Starling Bank said. “Too many transactions that go into crypto exchanges are fraudulent, and until the industry puts in more and more controls … we all have to be wary of that space,” Anne Boden told Financial News at the City Week annual conference … Read more